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February 9, 2018  10:38

23rd Winter Olympics begin in Pyeongchang

The 23rd Winter Olympics begin in Pyeongchang on Friday and are set to be the coldest in history.

STEPANAKERT, FEBRUARY 9, ARTSAKHPRESS:The build-up has seen relations thaw between North and South Korea, with the countries fielding a joint women's ice hockey team, while there has been controversy over the 169 Russian athletes set to compete as neutrals, BBC Sport reports.

Team GB sent a record 59 athletes to South Korea - three more than at Sochi 2014 - and are aiming for their most successful Winter Games, with a medal target of five or more.

However, on the eve of the Games, one of the medal prospects, snowboarder Katie Ormerod, was ruled out after suffering a broken heel and wrist after crashing twice in slopestyle practice.

Over 17 days, more than 3,000 of the world's best athletes will compete in 102 medal events in 15 sports.

Around 77% of tickets have been sold - approximately 826,000 - across the 13 venues in South Korea.

 

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